New Delhi: If everything falls into place, former Indian captain Anil Kumble could be entrusted with the responsibility of Team India coach for the second time, sources inform news agency ANI. There are also stories doing the rounds that Kumble’s former teammate VVS Laxman is also in the running.
With the current coach Ravi Shastri’s tenure ending after the ICCT20, and Shastri himself dropping enough hints that he is not keen to continue, the BCCI is gearing up for his replacement. In an interview to The Guardian, Shastri said, “I believe one thing- never overstay your welcome. And I would say that, in terms of what I wanted to get out of the side, I’ve over-achieved. To beat Australia away and to lead the series in England in a COVID year? It is the most satisfying moment of my four decades in cricket.”
However, Kumble’s re-entry into the dressing room would depend on the man himself who had a tumultuous first stint as coach with serious differences with the players, especially captain Kohli.
But sources say that it’s been four years and they have all moved on. Kumble’s appointment if at all it fructifies could also be seen as a move to rein in Kohli whose style of functioning has come in for criticism of late.
If stories are to go by, Kohli was keen on having white-ball cricket vice-captain Rohit Sharma replaced which didn’t go down well with the BCCI. Eventually, Kohli announced his decision to step down as skipper in T20Is after the World Cup.
It is no secret that the Kohli-Kumble combination didn’t quite bear fruits in the past, so it remains to be seen if Kumble finds favour with him this time around. But if the BCCI decides on having Kumble on board, it would be a stern message for Kohli that the days of pampering are over.
Shastri and Kohli have sketched a successful partnership but the former hasn’t been that assertive leaving Kohli to call the shots. But it would be a different ball game if Kumble steps in.
First it was MS Dhoni’s appointment as Team India mentor for the T20 WC and now if Kumble is persuaded, Kohli’s free run could be a thing of the past.